New York's Naked Cowboy Complains About Naked Cowgirl Competition

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The Naked Cowboy is a fixture in New York's Times Square. Many a visitor has posed for pictures with the buff guy who wears only briefs and a cowboy hat and carries a guitar. But he apparently doesn't appreciate copy cats.

Naked Cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sandy Kane, a bikini-clad woman who calls herself Naked Cowgirl, The Associated Press reports.

Burck says he has a trademark on Naked cow-folk, and Kane, in her 50s and a former stripper, is violating that by wearing a red, white and blue cowboy hat to match her bikini, and trying to make money posing for photos in that getup.

He wants Kane to sign a "Naked Cowboy Franchise Agreement." Franchisees, Burck says, pay $5,000 a year or $500 a month and go through a screening process.

For her part, Kane, whose real name is Sandra Brodsky, maintains she doesn't owe Burck a dime.

Photo, salon nowjorski, flickr
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